The Apple iPad is one of the best selling tablets ever. Other computer companies have tried competing with Apple in this area, but Apple has still remained number one when it comes to manufacturing tablets. However, this may change very soon because Microsoft is getting in on the action. They have already developed their own Microsoft Windows tablet that is an alternative to the Apple iPad. The Microsoft Surface 3 was released in 2014 and has gotten a lot of positive feedback from tech enthusiasts. The retail price is going to be around $499, which is about the price of a new iPad. So there won’t be much diversity as far as the price is concerned. The diversity comes with the new tablet features found in the Microsoft Surface 3. One new feature is the magnetic clip on keyboard that attaches itself to the front of your tablet. It is said to be a step up from the swivel mechanism that operates the keyboard on the iPad. But more importantly, Microsoft’s Surface 3 is said to help you actually work without needing a laptop.
Microsoft Surface tablets have only been around for three years. In the beginning, they were merely created to compete with Apple. But these Surface tablets have quickly advanced into a successful product line that more people are starting to use. There are also a variety of accessories you can purchase for it, such as keyboards and styli. You can even install Microsoft Office programs such as Word, PowerPoint and Excel. If you choose the Microsoft Office 365 subscription when you purchase your tablet then you can get the entire suite of programs bundled together with it. The screen quality of the new tablet is also much sharper than previous Surface models, but it still has the same full size USB port. This means you can plug in a regular PC mouse or keyboard if you want to use that with your tablet.
Right now the Surface 3 is being advertised heavily to schools and colleges around the country. Parents are also taking an interest in the tablet because it is a suitable device to give their children for school. But the big question is, should you buy this tablet if you already have an iPad? It all depends on how much money you have and how much you are willing to spend. If you already have office suite products on your iPad then you might not think it’s worth switching over to Surface 3 just yet. But if you just want to own the newest Microsoft tablet and experience the differences right away, then definitely consider purchasing this product.
If you follow video gaming then you have probably heard of the video gaming company, Valve, and their video gaming software known as Steam. This software connects people together by allowing them to play multiplayer games with each other right over the internet. The only thing is that Steam is traditionally for the PC, Mac and Linux computer systems. This means people who want to play these games have to use their monitors, unless they have the right video cables to hook up their computer to a flat screen television set. Most people do not have these cables, or they simply don’t know how to hook it up properly.
After years of delays and setbacks, Valve has finally created a Steam gaming console that people can hookup to their television sets. That way people can now play video games through Steam right on their big television sets instead of their smaller monitors. The console will still connect to the user’s Steam account, so they won’t lose any of their games. All they have to do is login to their account through the Steam Machine and then they can just download all of their games right back onto it.
The Steam Machine will create competition for other living room gaming computers, like Microsoft Xbox and Sony PlayStation 4. Right now they are king of multiplayer gaming through consoles. But with the massive amount of people who already use Steam, the new Steam Machine could very well turn people off from those other consoles and cause them to lose money. Not only that, but the Steam Machine will have its own Steam operating system to run games on. This could very well jeopardize the $25 billion market for Windows PC gaming. The majority of the people who use Steam on their computers are using a Windows operating system, which the games require in order to play them. But with the Steam Machine, the games won’t need the Windows operating system anymore. This could cause Microsoft to lose even more business and set them back much further as a company.
The only complication is not all of the 5,000 games on Steam will work with Steam Machine. After all, the original designers of these games were creating them for popular operating systems like Windows and Linux. The Steam OS is brand new and a Linux-based operating system. This means it will only be able to run games that can be run on Linux operating systems. Right now there are over 1,000 games on Steam that could be run on the Steam Machine. But as time goes on and the popularity of the machine increases, the number of approved games is likely to go up.
Smart glasses have been talked about for a little while now. They are a device you wear like regular glasses that lets you see smart information linked to your phone, PC or tablet. Google Glass was the first brand of smart glasses to be revealed to the public. So naturally, all of the other major tech companies want to compete with Google by creating their own brand of smart glasses. Microsoft appears to be their first competitor.
Microsoft Holo Lens is what is called a hologram gadget, which is said to be different than Google Glass. Holo Lens allows the user to see holographic images that are delivered to the device by someone else on a PC that is controlling it. For example, if an architect wanted to create a blueprint for their next project, they could just create the 3d imagery and let their client use the Holo Lens to see the building in real time. This means they could actually walk into a virtual reality where they see the building before it is even built in real life. This will give them a much better idea of what the final outcome will be instead of having to depend on blueprints, which force clients to use their imaginations more than anything else.
Even though it might seem like virtual reality, Holo Lens is different than the gaming virtual reality devices that you might have seen advertised. Holo Lens will still let you see the real environment around you. The only difference is that it will add holographic images to your environment that nobody else sees. Only the person wearing the Holo Lens glasses can see it. Therefore, if an architect were going to show off their building plans, they could take their client to the real life location that is currently just flattened land and place holographic images of the building over the land. Then they can see how the building will look in that environment after it is built.
There were live performances given with the Holo Lens not too long ago. These performances showed the device and how it was able to merge with Skype, Sketch Up and Minecraft. In one performance, someone was using Skype on a Windows 10 laptop and another was using Skype on the Holo Lens. The person on the laptop was able to send holograms over to the Holo Lens device through Skype. Then the user of the device could manipulate the image, walk around with it and even edit it through the device. Holo Lens is predicted to be a revolutionary breakthrough for businesspeople in the corporate world.
The M-Audio M40 is a top quality studio headphone that is used by many recording artists in the music industry. The name M40 refers to the 40mm drivers that are in each ear cup. This size gives the user a quality listening experience for only $59.99. The M40 will give you the real sound without reinventing or reinterpreting it. So if you listen to a music mix that doesn’t have bass in it, the M40 isn’t going to invent it for you. This realistic music experience helps both engineers and musicians perform better in their respective industries.
What is truly unique about M40 headphones is that their ear cups don’t cover the ear, but rather go onto the ear. The thick pads of the ear cups will make the experience of wearing them more comfortable for the user. The pads also isolate all of the ambient room noise to provide a better quality hearing experience. As for the actual look of the headphones, the exterior of the ear cups resemble a black vinyl record. Even though the looks of an ear cup are probably not as important as their performance, you still have to keep your fashion sense when running a studio. The material of the headphones consists of rubber, leather and flat cables. There is also a detachable cable that you can use to connect to each ear. For any beginning musician or someone on a budget, the M40 headphones are definitely a good choice.
The M40 headphones perform great, but there are always better choices out there. The Sennheiser HD6 Mix is a recent favorite that sounds more dynamic than the M40, especially with the high-mid sounds. But the Sennheiser HD6 is priced at $179.95 on Amazon, which is probably more than the average person wants to spend on headphones. If you are just somebody at home who likes to listen to their music or watch YouTube videos with headphones, then the M40 should be more than sufficient. However if you are running a music studio and want the very best then you might not want to go with the M40. The high-mid sounds of the brass and strings will not overpower the mix. On the other hand, the M40 was made to accurately present the mix and not to enhance it. If this is acceptable for you then M40 should be your choice. Otherwise, try out the Sennheiser HD6 instead.
Apple seems to always be the first one to change the shape of mobile devices and how they are used. Rumors now suggest they are going to come out with their own stylus. This is surprising to a lot of people because even Steve Jobs hated the idea of incorporating them with Apple products. But as more businesspeople and working professionals depend on Apple devices for their work, the demand for a stylus to touch the screen with is increasing in large numbers. For example, if somebody working in the food industry has to use their iPad for their work, it doesn’t help if they are using their dirty gloves to touch the screen. A stylus would allow their dirty hands to stay off the screen. Another example is with graphic artists who want to create their own digital artwork on their iPad or even their iPhone. They can’t draw pictures with their fingers because the tip of their finger is too big. But the stylus can become a digital drawing tool for them, so they can be more precise in their work through hand drawing.
Now the big question is will layman people want to have a stylus? It is nice to create them for specific types of working people that can benefit from them, but if the majority of the public won’t purchase them then it could be a problem for Apple. However a survey indicates that a great number of people want a stylus because they don’t like texting with their fingers. This likely has to do with “fat finger” errors, which is when people with fat fingers end up pressing the digital keys around the one key they are trying to press. This causes errors in their text messages, which causes frustration and irritation to the user and the person trying to read the messages. A stylus will solve this problem by just allowing people to press the keys with the narrow tip of the object.
The bottom line is that the stylus will just be an optional accessory. Apple is not going to require people to use the stylus and they certainly won’t force you to purchase a new iPhone in order to use it. You can simply download the updates to your existing iPhone or iPad to support the stylus and its internal communication block. The only information that remains to be seen is the price of the stylus. If the price is reasonable enough then it will definitely attract existing Apple customers. But if it is a few hundred bucks then they will likely pass on it.
The Android Wear operating system for smartwatches is becoming popular amongst consumers. The cool thing is that Google is constantly releasing apps for the Android Wear which allows you to perform more tasks with your smartwatch. Google Keep is one of the most popular apps for your Android watch. It lets you organize your notes, photos and lists within the application. In fact the newest update to the device is said to allow users to become completely independent from having to use their smartphones for these kinds of tasks.
Those who are new to smartwatches might be wondering how you actually type words into your notepad. As you probably guessed, smartwatches do not have virtual keyboards that you can text or type in letters with. Instead they rely on the user speaking into it with their voice. So when you launch Google Keep on your Android Wear, you can just create a new note for yourself by speaking the words into the device. Those verbal words will then get translated into written speech and get saved automatically as a note in the program. You can also create written lists and attach pictures to them as well.
A new feature to Android Wear is its “always on” ability. Usually apps will shut down after you drop your arm in order to conserve the life of your battery. With the latest Android Wear update, apps will still turn off after you drop your arm but they will turn back on after you raise your arm to look at the watch. This comes in very handy with Google Keep if you have to constantly look at your watch to check the notes you have written down. For example, let’s say you made your shopping list and put the list into Google Keep. If you want to check off items from your list, you no longer after to restart the app to get to your list after you put your arm down. You can just go right back to the list and continue where you left off by simply raising your arm back up.
If you currently own an Android Wear smartwatch then you should be receiving these updates to its operating system automatically. This means you don’t have to run out and purchase a brand new smartwatch just to get this new feature. Google Keep is one of many exciting apps that are available for the Android Wear watch. Check out the Google Play store to discover more of them.
It seems like only yesterday that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus came out. When Apple announced its update to these phones, consumers realized it wasn’t just going to be another version of the iPhone 6. The next update will actually be the iPhone 7 upgrade to the iPhone 6. The only things we know about its features are from the rumors we see in blogs and from what we observe through leaked pictures of the device. The newest feature observed was the enhanced camera. But as far as the design of the phone and what it looks like, that will apparently stay the same. In September of 2015, consumers will know everything about the iPhone 7 because this is the date when Apple releases it. Until then, consumers have to just gather up the facts of what they know so far and judge for themselves if they want to upgrade their phone or not.
The Apple iPhone 7 will likely come in two sizes; one with a 4.7 inch screen and another with a 5.5 inch screen. However, a Taiwanese publication named “Digitimes” reported that Apple may be releasing three iPhone 7 versions. The third version will have a 4 inch screen, but critics still debate as to the authenticity of this rumor. Besides, who would want an iPhone that is small unless it was considerably cheaper? Therefore it will likely just be the choice of a 4.7 inch and a 5.5 inch. Both versions have their perks, but the main reasons for purchasing the iPhone 7 will have to do with the internal components. We just don’t know too much about those right now.
There are some critics who believe Apple is just trying to release a new iPhone model in order to boost their profits. A new enhanced camera may be a neat feature, but is it good enough to make consumers want to replace their old iPhone 6? With an economy still in rough shape, it will be hard for many people to shell out another $600 for a phone they know very little about. It also doesn’t help that the iPhone 6s will be released within the same year as the iPhone 7. Of course these are only rumors, but if they are true then it might be too much for consumers to decide. The people who purchase the iPhone 6s are likely not going to purchase the iPhone if they are released within the same year, or vice versa. Apple might need to rethink this idea because with all the other competition in the marketplace, it might not work.
Smartwatches are very handy devices, but they are also limited in their abilities when compared to smartphones. For one thing, smartwatches rely on a Bluetooth connection in order to communicate with your smartphone and other mobile devices. As you may know, Bluetooth requires you to be close to your computer devices for the wireless data transfer to work. This means you can get notifications on your watch that correlate with the notifications on your smartphone. But since you have to be close to your phone to get these notifications, is it still worth purchasing the smartwatch when you can just check the phone yourself? Sure there are some models with cellular radios built in, but they are more expensive and very bulky. These hurdles are the main reasons why smartwatches have not gotten popularity amongst consumers.
Google plans to rectify the problems with smartwatches by upgrading their Android Wear devices to include Wi-Fi. But Google isn’t the first company to think of this. Apple has already put Wi-Fi into their Apple Watch devices, but so far no other company has done this. Google plans to compete with Apple by applying the same feature to their line of smartwatches. That way all of their loyal Android consumers can stick within the Android community when it comes to their smartwatches and not have to switch over to Apple. The added perk of connecting your smartwatch to a Wi-Fi network is enough to make somebody want to stay with Android Wear. So Google definitely made a smart choice by adding this perk to their Android watches. Now people can use their Android Wear to connect to their computers, Smartphones and other mobile devices without having to be close to them. They can just go to an internet café or any location with a Wi-Fi hotspot and control their mobile devices from there. Of course you can still switch between Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when it is necessary.
Three Android Wear watches that currently have Wi-Fi components in them are Samsung Gear Live, Sony Smartwatch 3 and LG Watch Urbane. But consumers have to wait until Google updates the app software before the functionality of the Wi-Fi works in their watches. When this does happen then all the current owners of these Android Wear devices will be able to connect to a Wi-Fi network through their wrist. On the up side, this means they don’t have to go out and buy an entirely new Android watch just to support this update. Instead they can just keep the watch they have and get the updates for free.